University of Alberta

Edmonton, Camrose
Canada

Language of instruction

English

The University of Alberta is a Top 5 Canadian university and one of the Top 100 in the world (QS Top Universities 2018). Within a vibrant and supportive learning environment, the University of Alberta discovers, disseminates, and applies new knowledge through teaching and learning, research and creative activity, and community involvement.

One of UAlberta’s points of difference is its Faculty of Native Studies, Canada’s only such faculty, specialising in the study of Aboriginal experiences, language, and culture.

UAlberta is located in Edmonton – a city of one million residents and home to North America’s oldest and largest Fringe Festival.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Winter Term January–April
Semester 2 Fall Term September–December

* Students wishing to attend Alberta for a full year exchange, must begin their exchange in the Fall semester.

View UAlberta's academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

UAlberta has online resources to help get the most out of your exchange:

Campuses

UAlberta has five campuses in Edmonton and Camrose:

  • North Campus
  • South Campus
  • Campus Saint-Jean
  • Enterprise Square
  • Augustana Campus

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

Undergraduate: 15 credits at UAlberta is equivalent to 8 UQ units.
Postgraduate: 9 credits at UAlberta is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at UAlberta.

Engineering students will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 6.0 to study at UAlberta.

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Search the UAlberta course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Marketing
Chemical engineering
Civil and structural engineering
Electrical engineering
Environmental engineering
Materials engineering
Mechanical engineering
Mining engineering
Nutrition science
Anthropology
Art history
Classical languages
Drama
English
English literature
Film, TV and media
History and ancient history
Music
Philosophy
Political science
Religion
Sociology
Writing
Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Linguistics
Russian
Spanish
Psychology
Agriculture
Animal studies
Biological sciences
Chemistry and biochemistry
Computer science
Earth sciences
Environmental studies
Mathematics and statistics
Microbiology
Physics
Postgraduate
Marketing
Biomedical engineering
Civil and structural engineering
Electrical engineering
Environmental engineering
Materials engineering
Mechanical engineering
Mining engineering
Anthropology
Art history
Classical languages
Communication, digital media and PR
Drama
History and ancient history
Music
Philosophy
Political science
Religion
Sociology
Writing
French
German
Linguistics
Spanish
Psychology
Agriculture
Biological sciences
Chemistry and biochemistry
Computer science
Earth sciences
Mathematics and statistics
Microbiology
Physics
Regional and town planning

Course restrictions

Undergradtuate students are not permitted to take postgraduate level courses.

The below courses are not open to exchange students:

  • Any courses or programs described in Bear Tracks as being closed to exchange students
  • Faculty of Extension courses (course codes starting with “EX”)
  • The following courses in the Alberta School of Business: ACCTG 480, BUS 201, BUS 301, FIN 436, FIN 480, MGTSC 312, MIS 441, SMO 310, SMO 441, SMO 470 and SMO 471. In addition, independent research, internship, study tour, competition, work
    experience and Special Topic (numbered 488) courses are not open to exchange students.
  • Most accounting courses

Postgraduate Economics courses may be very limited and course flexibility is highly recommended.

If you are enrolled in the Faculty of Business, you must take the majority of your classes within the Faculty of Business and are not permitted to enrol in classes within Engineering, Education or Law. Similarly, if you are enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering, you can only take courses at the Faculty of Engineering. The course BUS201 is not open to exchange students.

Students can only apply for exchange to the Faculty of Engineering once they have completed 2 years of university level courses. One year must be specifically in an engineering program and must have minimum GPA of 6.0 during their engineering studies at UQ. 

Additional academic information

Course code numbering:

  • 100-199: Undergradutate (usually first year)
  • 200-499: Undergraduate
  • 500+: Postgraduate

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Accommodation

The University of Alberta offers a variety of on-campus housing experiences. UAlberta has information for exchange students to help find student accommodation.

On-campus is guaranteed for students commencing in September as long as they apply by the 30th April deadline.

In general, one-semester housing contracts, both on and off campus, may be difficult to find. One semester contracts are available in the Lister Residences (Schaffer Hall), East Village and HUB Mall. It is important to note that some residence halls do not offer furnished rooms or may require the purchase of a mandatory meal plan. Other residence halls may give priority to students applying for a full year exchange (September to April).

The University of Alberta does not recommend that exchange students live off-campus due to limited availablility of short-term, furnished, reasonably priced accommodation. 

Cost of living

To help students budget for exchange, UAlberta has provided an estimate of basic living costs for students in Edmonton. 

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Insurance

Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

Exchange students staying for less than one year will automatically be enrolled in the mandatory University of Alberta Health Insurance Plan (UAHIP). An additional fee will be associated with this. 

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As UQ Abroad is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact the High Commission of Canada for visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow UQ Abroad students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, UQ Abroad programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.